Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin

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INSECTS AND ARTHROPODS OF THE MORONGO BASIN w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Did you know that insects can survive in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit?
Sponsored by the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

On October 4, via Zoom, Kurt Leuschner will explore the lives of the largest group of animals in the world through a study of insect anatomy, survival traits, habitats, and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify and distinguish insects from other arthropods and practice their field skills. Field observations will include desert, dune, and riparian habitats and a special night session with black lights at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Leuschner will share amazing stories of insects like the yucca moth, the ant lion, and the world they inhabit.

About the Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert. Leuschner’s specialties include ornithology, entomology, and desert ecology. He has led hundreds of field trips in the desert southwest, Central and South America, and East Africa. He teaches natural history courses and leads field trips for the University of California, the Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, the National Park Service, Western Field Ornithologists, and other conservation organizations.

Register today for the Insects and Arthropods of the Morongo Basin field class!


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October 8, 2022 @ 08:00 AM to
October 9, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

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